December 27, 2012

Top Ten of 2012 Blog Hop

Hi everyone! My friend Christine Meyer has organized a Top Ten of 2012 Blog Hop which I'm excited to be a part of!

If you're following along with the blog hop, you should have arrived here from Lynn Shokoples' blog.

If you just happened to stop by here, you may want to start at the beginning of the blog hop and visit everyone along the way... there are many designers with a wide variety of styles sharing inspiration with you, and several of them are having giveaways!

I had a tough time choosing my favorites but here are the 10 that I came up with in random order:

8 layouts:


mini album:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I truly appreciate it :)

Your next stop on the blog hop is Julie Tucker Wolek.

If you should get lost along the way, here's the complete lineup:

Liz Chidester
Marcia Dehn Nix
Monika Wright
Ivanka Lentle
Christine Meyer
Jamie Cripps
Erin Morehousehttp
Melissa Elsner
Jodi Wilton
Sarah Hill
Laurel Seabrook
Carrie Walz
Jen Matott
Jan Tatomir
Jennifer Haggerty
Kerri Yarus
Ashley Nguyen Newell
Cathy Harper
Malika Kelly
Lynn Shokoples
-----> You are here! Kris Berc
Julie Tucker Wolek
Rhonda VanGinkel
Savannah O'Gwynn
Audrey Yeager
Katrina Hunt

December 20, 2012

Ruby Rock-It Mini Gift Boxes with Bows + Giveaway Alert

Hello!  I'm up on the Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals blog today for Day 6 of their Countdown to Christmas! I've created a trio of mini gift boxes topped with coordinating bows for my post today.

If you've been following along on my blog you may know that my family and I have been living in a hotel for the past several weeks while we wait to move into our new home. The housekeeping staff here have gone above and beyond to make our temporary living environment as comfortable as possible for us.

They couldn't help but notice my stash of scrapbooking supplies and tools that I have here in our hotel room, and they've showed a lot of interest in my Ruby Rock-It goodies. So, of course I wanted to create some pretty Ruby Rock-It packaging for the gift cards that we'll be giving them for Christmas.

The Eklectique collection was perfect for creating beautiful gift card boxes and bows. It's such an elegant, versatile collection which worked wonderfully for Christmas gift packaging. The color combinations and designs in this line are so lovely!

These little boxes measure 4 inches by 4 inches by 1 inch and are just the right size to fit a gift card and some chocolates or other small gifts. I LOVE how easily the Eklectique papers and coordinating tags, trimmings, and bling made it to assemble these boxes in very little time. I hope the housekeeping ladies will enjoy them :)

Please visit the Ruby Rock-It blog to get in on the GIVEAWAY and for links to the products used in my project. Have a great day!

December 17, 2012

My Creative Sketches December Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! The December sketch challenge at My Creative Sketches went live this week and is open for entries through January 14th.

This is my take on the sketch. We call the sunglasses that Allison's wearing her "diva glasses".  The papers that I used here are from the Cakewalk collection by October Afternoon.  The flowers are all Primas, and the pearl bling crown is Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals.

Pam puts together the most generous, beautiful prizes and this month's is no exception, as you can see in the photo below :) The prize winner is determined by random draw, so I hope you'll give it a go!

All of the details of this challenge can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog, here.

December 14, 2012

Paper Wreath Tutorial

Hello and happy Friday!  I'd love to show how I created a holiday wreath using the December Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

Kit supplies:
Approximately 80 strips of 12-inch x 1/2-inch patterned paper
wide decorative ribbon
large chipboard shape (not shown)

Additional supplies:
10-inch styrofoam wreath
hot glue gun and several glue refills

Roll a 12-inch x 1/2-inch patterned paper strip tightly around the barrel of a pencil to form a loop shape, then let the paper loop unroll slightly.

Using a hot glue gun, adhere the rolled loop to the styrofoam wreath.

Continue rolling and hot gluing the paper strips one at a time onto the wreath. Be sure to alternate the paper patterns and to glue the loops in a variety of directions so as to cover the white styrofoam base and to add interest to the finished project.

When I had about half of the paper loops glued down, I paused and hot glued the large chipboard snowman onto an empty area of the wreath. That way I could be sure that I had left enough room for him on there. Then, I continued rolling and gluing the paper loops until the entire wreath was covered.

Form a pretty bow with the wide decorative ribbon and hot glue it in place for the finishing touch.

This is such a simple, fun way to dress up any room for the holidays.  I hope you'll try it!

December 9, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Off the Page Project Kit and Mixed Media Kit

Have you seen the add-on kits this month at My Creative Scrapbook?

Here's the December Off the Page Project add-on kit:

My teammate and friend Delaina has created an over the top gorgeous mini album project using this kit, and, I hear she's even put together a step by step video tutorial for it, so do check it out!

Next is the December Mixed Media add-on kit:

I believe there are very limited quantities of these awesome kits available, so if you think you may be interested in getting one for yourself, you might want to hurry on over to the add-on section of the My Creative Scrapbook website to get more info.

Thanks for stopping by!

December 8, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Album Kit

The December Album kit at My Creative Scrapbook features Fancy Pants! There are lots of beautiful Christmas-themed papers, chipboard pieces, stickers, buttons, and rub-ons along with several flowers and beautiful trim.

If you head over the design team gallery, you'll find beautiful samples of mini albums, layouts, and home decor items using this kit created by my teammates... check it out :)

While you're there, consider giving yourself an amazing Christmas gift of a My Creative Scrapbook kit membership!

December 7, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Limited Edition Kit

This month's Limited Edition Kit at My Creative Scrapbook features the lovely Kaisercraft Turtle Dove collection. This gorgeous kit includes lots of wonderful papers, 4 packages of flowers, a berries and leaves spray, resins, crystals and lace, and beautiful ribbons and trims.

If you would like to see tons of eye candy using this kit created by several of my teammates, please head over to the My Creative Scrapbook design team gallery.

I certainly wouldn't blame you one bit if after viewing their projects you just had to race over and sign up for a kit membership :)  Now would be a great time to do that, by the way, with CHA coming up and all... :)

If you have any questions about any of Pam's kits, please feel free to ask me or to email Pam at she is always happy to help and takes excellent care of her customers.

December 6, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Creative Kit

The December Creative Kit at My Creative Scrapbook features the super cute Bo Bunny Mistletoe collection!  In addition to the adorable papers, the kit has coordinating chipboard stickers, letter stickers, brads, and flowers along with a huge box of mambi chipboard shapes, plus some festive ribbon and trim.

I was able to create 2 Christmas decor items 2 layouts and still have tons of embellishments left over.  Here are my projects:

The above wreath and below door hanger along with the altered tray that I shared here yesterday are doing a great job of making our hotel room look Christmas-y!

The photo on the layout below was from last Christmas. My little scholar was so excited to find an alphabet puzzle under the tree.

Unlike last year, this year Allison was hesitant about sitting on Santa's lap. So, Santa had us distract her while he hid behind his chair, and when Allison saw that he was "gone", she was willing to sit in his chair by herself.  Then, Santa peeked out from behind the chair, and we got to go home with this cute photo.

You can find a lot more projects with this kit created by my teammates in the My Creative Scrapbook design team gallery.  If you've been thinking about subscribing to the kit club, now is a really great time... with Winter CHA coming up next month, Pam will be filling her kits with all of the new fantastic products!

December 5, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Main Kit

It's reveal time at My Creative Scrapbook!  Once again, Pam has managed to put together incredible kits, and this month they are filled with lots and lots of goodies for all of your holiday crafting.

The December Main Kit features a wonderful variety of holiday-themed papers from Authentique, Carta Bella, and Echo Park complimented by awesome chipboard pieces, cardstock stickers, decorative brads, Prima and Petaloo flowers, and fancy ribbons and trims.

Here is what I created with this lovely kit:

It's been "interesting" scrapping with just my most basic supplies and in our little hotel room, but since Pam's kits are so filled with products, I had everything I needed to get several projects created.

Here's a photo of the December Main Kit:

Check out the My Creative Scrapbook Design Team Gallery to view the gorgeous creations submitted by my teammates. You can also find several of their projects on the My Creative Scrapbook facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by today!

December 4, 2012

My Creative Scrapbook December Kits Sneak Peeks

Well it's been a bit over 2 weeks since my family and I arrived in Las Vegas. We've been keeping rather busy house hunting, exploring the area, dining out, and keeping Allison entertained. Admittedly, I'm really enjoying the temporary perks of dining out and of having someone come in to our room each day to tidy things up, but beyond that, I'm so looking forward to getting out of this hotel and moving into our new home. But that won't be for another 6 weeks or so.

In the meantime I've been sure to squeeze in some scrapping time and have even managed to create some Christmas decor items for our hotel room. This month, I got to create with My Creative Scrapbook's Main kit and Creative kit. Obviously I didn't bring my whole scrap stash to the hotel- only my very basic supplies- so I'm all the more appreciative of the fact that Pam's kits include everything that is needed to create several projects. Between the 2 kits that I worked with, I have 8 projects to share, and today I can show some sneak peeks.

Here are some sneaks of my December Main kit work:

and some sneaks of my December Creative kit work:

 Thanks for stopping by- can't wait to start showing you the full reveals tomorrow!

December 3, 2012

Ruby Rock-It!

I have some fun news to share!

I was so surprised and flattered when I received an invitation to join the Ruby-Rock It Bella! Fundamentals design team.  Imagine my further excitement when I discovered that I needed to use our hotel's luggage cart to transport the big, heavy box of goodies that they sent me up to our hotel room! I can't wait to dig in and start playing with these awesome products.

RRBF offers quite a wonderful variety of paper and embellishments... you can see them all on their website, here.

The new team is being introduced on the Ruby Rock-It blog this week and next, so head on over to learn about the talented group of ladies that I have the pleasure of joining.